Foreign languages faculty

Boryana Dobreva, Ph.D.

Lecturer in German
Director of Global Education

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., B.A., Bishop K. Preslavsky University in Bulgaria

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In addition to teaching German at Northwestern, Dr. Dobreva serves as the college's director of global education. In the fall of 2011, she also taught the ESL Writing class to international students at the college.

A native of Bulgaria, Boryana Dobreva earned a master’s and a doctoral degree in German Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Germanistik from Shumen University, Bulgaria. Her academic interests include German-language contemporary literature and cultures of migration. She has been published in Colloquia Germanica and has presented at academic conferences of the German Studies Association and the American Comparative Literature Association, among others. Prior to coming to NWC, Boryana Dobreva taught German language and culture courses at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the national American Council of Learned Societies/ Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship.


  • Beginning German Language and Culture

    Beginning German Language and Culture

    Along with instruction in the German language, beginning German offers students enhanced cognitive skills and insight into another culture. Classes foster communicative competence by emphasizing speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students begin to acquire the linguistic and cultural fluency necessary for basic communication in a German speaking country.Prerequisite: No previous study of German, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.(3 credits)

Publications and presentations

  • "Diasporic Voices or the Aporia of Shifting Identities in Rumjana Zacharieva's Barenfell (Bear Skin 1999)." Colloquia Germanica 2011
  • German Studies Association (GSA) 36th Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 2012. Organized a 5-panel series on German and Balkan Encounters in the 20th and 21st Centuries and served as a commentator for panel 3: Others and European Selves: Balkan-German Narratives of Reversals and Traversals
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2008 Annual Meeting: Arrivals and Departures, Long Beach, CA. "Balkan Stories, Migrant Realities! Reconfiguring Eastern European Identities under Global Conditions: The Case of Dimitre Dinev." Cultural Journeys In and Out of the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia


  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Forum on Education Abroad


  • ACLS/Andrew Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2010-2011.
  • Austrian Room Committee Scholarship Grant for research in Vienna, Austria, 2009
  • Northeast Modern Language Association Research Fellowship Award for Vienna, Austria, 2009
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Travel Grant, 2008
  • Lillian B. Lawler Pre-doctoral Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Research, 2008-09